As the holiday lists begin to pile up, we're trying to keep track of all the best-ofs and making an attempt to keep up with them.
Journal Sentinel "100 books for holiday gift giving" roundup. It turns that with a little snipping, article fit on our 11x17 sign holders. We followed Stacie's lead of placing extra books spined out in a cube so that someone can easily fill the empty proppers when books sell.
I went back and finally listened to Jason and Stacie's "Feast of Tasty Titles" interview on WUWM's Lake Effect with Stephanie Lecci.
I was going to tabulate the list of titles mentioned, but the folks involved already beat me to it. Hope you don't mind if we relist them here.
Jerusalem: A Cookbook, by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, by Jon Meacham
The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965, by William Manchester & Paul Reid
The News from Spain: Seven Variations on a Love Story, by Joan Wickersham
Devil in Silver: A Novel, by Victor LaValle
The Dog Stars, by Peter Heller
This is How You Lose Her, by Junot Diaz
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo, by Tom Reiss
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel, by Madeleine L'Engle and illustrated by Hope Larson
Mrs Queen Takes the Train: A Novel, by William Kuhn
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel, by Rachel Joyce
Building Stories, by Chris Ware
Things That Are, by Amy Leach
Roots: The Definitive Compendium with More than 225 Recipes, by Diane Morgan and photos by Antonis Achilleos
And finally, I had several people let me know that they heard the spirited All Things Considered segment on the state of bookstores this holiday season. Lynn Neary and I, along with Steve Bercu of BookPeople and Jessica Stockton Bagnulo of Greenlight, talk about book quality, why cookbooks are the new coffee table book and, while it did not make the segment, why we're holding onto more hardcovers, even when the paperback comes out. In one case, Christopher Moore's Sacré Bleu, we're even featuring it up front and discounting it. Take that, six months to paperback!
Thank you to everyone involved for letting us have our say.